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The F-5B was a modified P-38 Lightning. The “F” stood for “Foto” or “Photo,” and was used for photographic reconnaissance. This “F” abbreviation ceased use in 1948. The first converted P-38s were known as F-15 Reporters (modified P-61 Black Widows). On 23 October 1944, a fully armed F-5B, assigned to 8th Photo Reconnaisance Group, 9th Photo Reconnaisance Squadron, flown by 2ndLt Byron (NMI) Pressley, # 0-766685, departed the airfield at Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, at about 1325 hours, for a reconnaissance mission over Nawn-Lang, Burma. The crashed aircraft was likely located by British Graves Registration near Chatkakwin, Burma (17.16N & 96.24E).

 

PRESSLEY, BYRON, Second Lieutenant, # 766685, USAAF

 

Byron (NMI) Pressley was born on 1 November 1923 in Sonoma Co., California, to Legro Pressley (1898-1966) (CA) and Barbara (Leach) Pressley (1901-1967) (VT). He has a brother, Norman Pressley (1926-    ). He attended Salinas Junior College.

 

After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India.The F-5B was a modified P-38 Lightning. The “F” stood for “Foto” or “Photo,” and was used for photographic reconnaissance. This “F” abbreviation ceased use in 1948. The first converted P-38s were known as F-15 Reporters (modified P-61 Black Widows). On 23 October 1944, a fully armed F-5B, assigned to 8th Photo Reconnaisance Group, 9th Photo Reconnaisance Squadron, flown by 2ndLt Byron (NMI) Pressley, # 0-766685, departed the airfield at Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, at about 1325 hours, for a reconnaissance mission over Nawn-Lang, Burma. The crashed aircraft was likely located by British Graves Registration near Chatkakwin, Burma (17.16N & 96.24E). He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

Byron Pressley, Salinas Jr. College